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Sustainable Innovation Fund: Round 1 (Temporary Framework)

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Funding details
Registration opens
29 Jun 2020, 00:00
Registration closes
29 Jul 2020, 11:00
29 Jul 2020, 11:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000. Each organisation working alone or in a collaboration can claim a maximum of £175,000.
Innovate UK

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £55 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund.

(There is also a separate SBRI funding opportunity under the Sustainable Innovation Fund to help develop new products or services: click here for details.)

The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of Covid-19.

All projects must be led by a business and include at least one SME. Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration.

Covid-19 has affected R&D across all sectors, and our aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK recover, grow and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.

Your proposal must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of Covid-19, and how your project can help solve them.

In addition, we expect your proposal to ensure that any recovery, growth and opportunity is clean and sustainable.

We expect all projects to consider Covid-19 recovery in a way that has a positive impact on climate change and/or environmental sustainability, and you should explain how this will be achieved, maintained and measured.

We would also like you to address where necessary, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to your project, your organisation(s) and your approach to innovation.

Your project can focus on:

  • decarbonisation, circular economy and/or biodiversity
  • climate change and environmental sustainability
  • geographic or regionally-targeted innovation
  • innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users
  • innovations that work across more than one sector
  • follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world

We are not funding projects that:

  • are not related to an impact on a business due to Covid-19 disruption
  • have a negative impact on the environment and/or society
  • have a detrimental effect on equality, diversity and inclusion
  • would duplicate other UK Government activities or EU-funded initiatives already underway such as the testing or manufacture of vaccines and ventilators.
  • do not involve any research and development or innovation, for example, the creation of information-only websites
  • are feasibility studies

An online briefing event was held on 3rd July and a link to the recording is here. You can also view KTN’s informal Q&A session here.

The Knowledge Transfer Network’s (KTN’s) Good Application Guide aims to help you prepare the best application for Innovate UK competitions. This guide has been produced by KTN to supplement the official Innovate UK Guidance for Applicants. In addition to the guide, contact KTN for support in finding project partners and providing independent, objective feedback on your application.